ParaDRAM

ParaDRAM: A cross-language toolbox for parallel high-performance delayed-rejection adaptive metropolis markov chain monte carlo simulations. We present ParaDRAM, a high-performance Parallel Delayed-Rejection Adaptive Metropolis Markov Chain Monte Carlo software for optimization, sampling, and integration of mathematical objective functions encountered in scientific inference. ParaDRAM is currently accessible from several popular programming languages including C/C++, Fortran, MATLAB, Python and is part of the ParaMonte open-source project with the following principal design goals: 1. full automation of Monte Carlo simulations, 2. interoperability of the core library with as many programming languages as possible, thus, providing a unified Application Programming Interface and Monte Carlo simulation environment across all programming languages, 3. high-performance 4. parallelizability and scalability of simulations from personal laptops to supercomputers, 5. virtually zero-dependence on external libraries, 6. fully-deterministic reproducibility of simulations, 7. automatic comprehensive reporting and post-processing of the simulation results. We present and discuss several novel techniques implemented in ParaDRAM to automatically and dynamically ensure the good-mixing and the diminishing-adaptation of the resulting pseudo-Markov chains from ParaDRAM. We also discuss the implementation of an efficient data storage method used in ParaDRAM that reduces the average memory and storage requirements of the algorithm by, a factor of 4 for simple simulation problems, to an order of magnitude and more for sampling complex high-dimensional mathematical objective functions. Finally, we discuss how the design goals of ParaDRAM can help users readily and efficiently solve a variety of machine learning and scientific inference problems on a wide range of computing platforms.